Some St. Johns County beaches reopen to cars after high surf

Some beaches still closed to vehicles as officials monitor Hurricane Florence

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Photo | Facebook: SJC Beaches

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – All beaches in St. Johns County were closed to vehicles on Wednesday, but officials opted to reopen some of them to cars after Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina Friday.

According to a county spokesperson, high surfs and tides related to Hurricane Florence made the beaches nearly impossible to drive on. Driving lanes were limited or non-existent in some areas.

But St. Augustine Beach, Butler Beach and Crescent Beach were reopened to cars Friday, and two-wheel drive access was available from the Ocean Trace ramp to the Crescent Beach ramp.

Porpoise Point, Vilano Beach and Fort Matanzas remained closed to vehicles Friday.

All the beaches will remain open to pedestrians, but visitors were urged to use extreme caution and avoid swimming in the ocean.

For more information, contact Beach Services at 904-209-0331.

Emergency operations monitoring Florence

St. Johns County Emergency Management said Friday that officials were monitoring Hurricane Florence. In addition to the high surf, officials are planning for potential life-threatening rip currents and significant beach erosion.

A coastal flood advisory was in effect through Friday, though officials were not planning for significant rainfall.

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